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Raheem Mostert Injury Update Hurts Jerick McKinnon Fantasy Outlook in Week 5

Max Staley
Raheem Mostert injury update hurts Jerick McKinnon's fantasy outlook.
Raheem Mostert injury update hurts Jerick McKinnon's fantasy outlook. / Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

The San Francisco 49ers' offense is finally getting healthy. Deebo Samuel made his 2020 season debut for the team on Sunday Night Football last week, and now it seems Raheem Mostert is trending toward suiting up in Week 5 as well.

Mostert practiced for the first time since injuring his knee in Week 2, putting him on track to play come Sunday. That's obviously great news for his fantasy outlook, but it's a crushing blow to Jerick McKinnon's value.

Raheem Mostert Injury Update

Mostert has been sidelined since midway through Week 2 due to a sprained MCL. The fact that he practiced on Thursday does make it seem like he'll be able to return this week, though it'll be important for fantasy managers to monitor his status tomorrow as well.

If he does suit up, Mostert should handle the bulk of the 49ers' rushing volume in a soft matchup with the Miami Dolphins. He'd be a risky start given the injury, but he was dominant before getting hurt. Despite playing just 60% of the snaps in Week 1 and 21% in Week 2, Mostert was averaging 129.0 yards from scrimmage per game while adding 2 TDs over the first two weeks of the year.

The fact that he was doing that on just 15.0 opportunities per game (11.5 carries and 3.5 targets) is obviously unsustainable, but Mostert should be a solid fantasy option when healthy.

Jerick McKinnon Fantasy Outlook

As mentioned above, this is a tough blow for McKinnon's value. He's currently fantasy's RB10 in PPR formats, but the days of McKinnon being an RB1 are coming to an end. In all likelihood, McKinnon will now take a backseat to Mostert for the early-down work.

He'll still offer value in the passing game, as he's averaged 6.0 targets per game over the last two weeks. But his contributions in that area will be taking a hit as well. Mostert has been way more involved as a receiver than he was last year, seeing 7 targets in 2020 despite being on the field for just 50 total snaps. That's a clear upgrade over the 22 targets he saw in 16 games last year.

Plus, Tevin Coleman will be coming off the IR in the not-too-distant future (potentially in Week 7). That will once again turn this backfield into a three-headed monster.

Once all three are back, Mostert will likely be used as Kyle Shanahan's top dog, making it tough to trust McKinnon and Coleman going forward.

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